Supply List for beginning watercolorists:
1. Bring a full sheet 22”X30” high quality watercolor paper (Arches, Kilimanjaro ???) 140 lb. rough cold press (about $6.00) We will divide the sheet and paint several paintings.
2. Roll of Painter’s masking tape, the blue kind, 1” . . . cheapest at Walmart)
3. 1 ply board/drawing board . . . suitable to stretch/tape watercolor paper prior to painting.
4. Water container . . . large enough to hold a quart of water ideally. Or, a cottage cheese size container (not glass please.)
5. Suggest a visit to Quality Art in Boise for the following:
1 inch flat watercolor wash brush (square corners 1 inch wide)
1 # 8 or 10 round brush (Simply Simmons makes a decent brush in both these sizes discounted at QA to around $2.50 each.
1 palette (use what you like, Butcher tray, white plate, plastic or metal palette (get creative . . .see Pinterest for ideas), but don’t spend great amounts of money on this.
Paint/pigment: QA has Winsor&Newton Cotman watercolor tube paint (21 ml. for about $5-6.00 per tube on sale at 40% off. (Michaels has the same paint at the same price at 40% off . . . watch for deals/coupons). These are high quality starter pigments.
Bring the basic primary colors . . . suggest:
Gamboge hue (no example) /or Raw Sienna
Yellow Ochre (sort of this color)
We can mix about anything using these.
You can use good old Prang and get a start, but don’t get any cheap sets or cheap tubes. With the cheaper stuff, you will be less successful. (Basic Prang set will work for starting and you don’t need a palette right off.)
6. #2 pencil
7. Roll of toilet paper or paper towels.
Technology (ipads are amazing tools for artists, or i phones, or ???) These things help.
*** Bring your lunch, or there are restaurants a few steps away. There is a mini-fridge for drinks and a microwave. Bring your own drinks, hot or cold.
Those already painting with water media, just bring your gear.